A coloured map of Great Britain and Ireland, dedicated to “his sacred and most excellent Majesty George, King of Great Britain”, by George Willdey in 1715
This was the first map to show the Cornish peninsula correctly oriented, a significant achievement, as previous erroneous attempts had led to the death of many seamen, wrecked on the treacherous coasts, most spectacularly in 1707 when Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s ship The Association, the flagship of the British fleet, had foundered, with enormous loss of life, when returning from duty in the Mediterranean. Willdey was an energetic and opportunistic entrepreneur who made and sold spectacles, telescopes, toys, a variety of luxury goods and prints, as well as maps, and as can be seen in the bottom left corner, used every opportunity to advertise his Great Toy and Print Shop, located near St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Original Size: 96 x 67 cms
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|96 cm X 67 cm||POA||POA||POA
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